How to start with this one? How to describe a wedding that offered so much to document? Should we start with the bride playing the drums during the first dance? The bride’s dad putting on System Of A Down in the ’50s/’60s VW van on the way to the ceremony? The Romanian spirits that got filled in Skull-shaped bottles? The midnight burgers that some of the guests definitely ate like the Hoff did in his infamous burger incident video? The black-eyed best man who looked like he just got back from a fight the night before? Bride’s mom going crazy on the dance floor? That British sense of humor that was all so present?
Let’s do it this way, Sam and Björn knew each other from attending and documenting the same cycling events. Haven’t met personally but saw each other shooting the Red Hook Crit in London a few times and liked each other’s work. Facebook friends, that’s about it. When one day Sam changed her status to “engaged”, I remember, I congratulated and just for fun, more as a joke, said “you know who’s gonna shoot your wedding, right?”. Said and done. Few months later we talked about everything and it was pretty clear that we were about to be the Eden Wedding Barn wedding photographers for Sam’s and Robert’s day. It was supposed to be the last wedding of the season in the end of October and a day after we held our presentation at the Keep It Real conference in Berlin, the flight was departing to Manchester and then a train heading to the Lake District in Northern England. Spent the first night having food and some drinks with Sam and a handful of friends and family, next day wandering around and relaxing in the beautiful landscape, almost getting lost and chased by a cow (let’s not talk about it), preparing for wedding day.
Could be writing a lot more about the day itself, but hey, we’re photographers, so let the photos tell the story, quite a few this time, hope you don’t mind. Finishing with this: a wedding at which during the ceremony songs by The Cure and The Smashing Pumpkins are played and the crowd is going crazy to Mr. Brightside and some Romanian gangster rap at night, can never be wrong. Here’s to you, Sam & Robert. For the hearts still beating.
PS: Something we forgot: Sam is a kickass illustrator and besides having done designs for bands such as Him, AFI, Alkaline Trio, Mastodon, Ghost or brands such as Adidas or Becks, she also did all the illustrations and decorations for the wedding herself over the course of six months. So cool, so personal. Oh, of course, here’s a link to her work: www.sam-dunn.com